House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth
On Monday 27th March 2017 Sotheby’s hosted the BFC Fashion Trust for a tour of the House Style exhibition. Lady Burlington and the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire were in attendance alongside Sotheby’s specialists who shed insight about some of the fascinating pieces that feature in the exhibition.
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Hamish Bowles, International Editor-at-Large at American Vogue, curated this landmark show with creative direction and design by Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda, the duo behind some of the most memorable fashion exhibitions of recent years. House Style gives unprecedented insight into the depth of the Devonshire Collection and the lives of renowned style icons from Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire to Stella Tennant.
The exhibition brings to life the captivating individuals from the Cavendish family, including Bess of Hardwick, one of the most powerful women of the 16th century; the 18th century “Empress of Fashion” Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire; and Adele Astaire, the sister and dance partner of Fred Astaire. Deborah Devonshire and Nancy Mitford, two of the Mitford sisters; model Stella Tennant and John F Kennedy’s sister ‘Kick’ Kennedy will also be central to the show. Telling the rich history of both international style and the Devonshire Collection, the exhibition demonstrates the power of fashion to illuminate these extraordinary characters.
House Style is woven throughout one of Britain’s finest stately homes, including the largest and grandest room of the Baroque house, the Painted Hall; the Chapel and the lavishly decorated State Music Room. Layering art history, fashion, jewellery, archival material, design and textiles, the exhibition is organised by theme, including Coronation Dress; The Devonshire House Ball; Bess of Hardwick and the Tudor influence; The Georgiana Effect; Ducal Style; Country Living; The Circle of Life; and Entertaining at Chatsworth.